The US Department of Defense, the Pentagon, has halted the supply of new F-35 aircraft.
The magnet used in the engine of the aircraft was made from materials imported from China.
The Pentagon said that in the future, an alternative material will be used in the turbomachine.
Washington. The US Department of Defense’s Pentagon halted deliveries of new F-35 jets after learning that the magnets used in fighter jet engines were made from unapproved materials imported from China. Then it was secretly installed in America’s most advanced fighter jet. Lockheed Martin, the plane’s manufacturer, discovered that some of the materials used in the plane’s engine were made in China. The Ministry of Defense and the company said the news was true.
According to a report by the ANI news agency, angered at not following the rules correctly, the Pentagon has temporarily halted the supply of F-35 aircraft. The Defense Contracts Management Agency told the F-35 Joint Program Office on Aug. 19 that the alloy used in the F-35’s turbomachinery pump magnets was produced in China. Bureau spokesman Russell Gomere said in a statement that the program office has temporarily halted supply of the F-35 aircraft to ensure the F-35 program’s compliance with the Special Metals Regulations of the defense. . The Pentagon and Lockheed have said that in the future another source of alloy will be used in turbomachinery.
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Lockheed manufactures the F-35 planes, while the Honeywell company produces the turbomachines. In late August, Honeywell was told by one of its suppliers that it was using an alloy sourced from China for the turbomachine, which was then magnetized in the United States. While clarifying in a statement, it was said that China’s alloy magnet is not harmful. Information on sensitive defense programs cannot be obtained from this magnet under any circumstances. The F-35 Joint Program Office also said these items will not affect the flight of the fifth-generation F-35 fighter jet already in service.
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FIRST POST: September 08, 2022, 10:33 am IST